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Hall of Famers to Hit the Links

More than 40 Hall of Fame football and basketball players will descend on the Lansdowne Resort Sunday, July 9, for the 16th Annual Bobby Mitchell/Toyota Hall of Fame Classic.

Mitchell, a former Washington Redskin, created the tournament 16 years ago with the help of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but has been dedicated to defeating leukemia since his days of playing football.

"I was traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Washington Redskins for Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis in 1962," Mitchell said in a press release.

Davis was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after the trade and never played a single down of professional football.

Eight holes on both the Robert Jones Jr. course and the Greg Norman-designed course will have gallery access for fans who make a $5 donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event is free for children under the age of 12.

In addition to the watching the action, the adults and children can participate in the putting contests.

For adults, the "Swing Your Way to the Hall of Fame" contest makes participants eligible for a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies, including an SUV rental from Enterprise, hotel accommodations and tickets to the weekend's events.

Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult can also putt for the chance to win an Apple iPod in the Bobby Mitchell Putting Contest for Kids. The first putt in each contest is free and an additional three putts are available for a $5 donation.

Last year, the tournament raised $680,000 for the society and this year organizers of the event hope to raise $1 million.

For more information on the event visit www.bobbymitchell.com.